The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has declared his “wholehearted commitment” to a united Nigeria.
This online newspaper reports that Igbo people have become more vocal about their desire for a Biafra Republic over the past few years.
They assert that the Nigerian government has marginalized them severely.
However, the former governor of Anambra State said in a statement made in Lagos just before taking a flight to London, United Kingdom (UK), for his appearance on Monday at Chatham House: “I, Peter Obi, a proud Nigerian of Igbo extraction, I am most truthfully and wholly committed to that stand of one united, secure, and progressive Nigeria.”
Concerning agitators and insurgents, he continued, “I believe that some of those who are agitating are doing so in part as a result of our failures to build an inclusive and progressive Nigeria.
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“Such extreme groups as Boko Haram and ISWAP will definitely and effectively be checkmated in a working Nigeria with equity, justice, and fairness.
“I personally think that a carrot and stick approach is the best way to deal with these situations that manifest themselves in the form of ambiguous nationalism, bigoted patriotism, and religious bigotry.”
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